The efforts of all to make Mt. Newton Cross Road a safer place for pedestrians are to be applauded.
What we find ironic is the statement that “Bit by bit, those efforts and that from the District of Central Saanich, are making walking in that community a lot safer”. While this is true for that stretch of two laned road, the opposite is in fact happening on the Hovey-Tomlinson-Stellys Corridor right next to Centennial Park, Stellys School, and the Fairgrounds. Our District is endorsing danger by entering into an Extraordinary Traffic Agreement with VI Pallet & Recovery, making these narrow, dark, country lanes with little to no shoulders and deep ditches, a de facto trucking route for the Industrial Site on the Tsarlip Reserve.
Our community is demanding that safety come first – our newly formed neighbourhood association has now set up a site www.centralsaanichlivesmatter.org for park users, road users, and citizens to learn more.
We are urging the District and all elected officials to take safety seriously. Let us hope it does not take another fatality, like that on Mt. Newton Cross Road, to make safety a priority.
Terry Forsyth, Central Saanich